When travelling, many pet owners opt to leave their pets under the care of a boarding house rather than tag them along for fear that it will be stressful. However, vacationing with your pet can be a thrilling and connecting experience if proper planning and preparation is put into it. So what exactly should you do to ensure you do not regret travelling with your pet? Here are some tips for traveling with your pet, particularly air travel.
The first thing you ought to do before making the decision to carry your pet for a vacation is to ensure that they in the right frame of health to travel. Take your pet to the vet for a general check-up and make sure that all vaccinations are up to date. Depending on where you are travelling to, and the means you will use, the vet may suggest the appropriate health precautions and provide the relevant health certifications as required.
Same as you are required to put on a seat belt or secure your child to a car seat while travelling, pets also need to have the appropriate travel gear to ensure safety. Crates are the recommended gear for safely travelling with your pets. They will keep the pet away from distractions and protect them in case of an accident. Additionally, a crate could also come in handy at a hotel or your host’s home as it restricts the pet’s movements. Crates can be easily obtained from pet supply stores and should include the following features:
- Be roomy enough to allow the pet stand, lie down and even turn.
- Allow for proper ventilation.
- Have a sturdy build with strong handles and grips
- Be leak-proof and yet remain comfortable enough on the inside with absorbent lining
Since you do not want to risk losing your pet in a foreign location, take steps to ensure that your pet can easily be identified, and thus easier to find in case they get lost. Consider using leashes and collars that have the pet’s name, your name, your contact as well as proof of essentially vaccines such as rabies, if it is a dog. More so, you can mark the crate with these details too. Carrying a picture of your pet may also come in handy or using other permanent forms of identification such as a microchip.
Yes, your pet definitely has some basic needs that have to be met to ensure its survival. Ensure that you carry enough food, especially if your pet has strict dietary requirements and you are not sure of the availability of certain brands in the areas you are visiting. Other essentials to carry include water, a feeding bowl, grooming supplies, waste scoop, medication and a first-aid kit. All these may seem a little too much for a pet but keep in mind that just like you, your pet will relish for all the comfort and relaxation it can get while away from home.